I grew up spending a lot of time in Utah (my grandparents and much of my family lived there, including one summer I worked their in high school). So, I didn't expect Utah to be such a hard state to check off my list. I had tried three other times:
Once on the Great Salt Lake, where the weather didn't cooperate; a few years later near Four Corners, where, again, the weather vetoed my plan; and then technically at Pineview Reservoir in 2016 for the Outdoor Retailer show's demo day. But since that's just paddling back and forth on the same spot all day, I don't feel right counting that.
My siblings and my niece agreed to accompany me to try again, as we were driving to Utah for a family bat mitzvah, bringing boards and gear. A friend recommended Causey Reservoir, which is just past Pineview, but about 1000% times prettier, and is restricted to non-motorized crafts: no power boats. You paddle up these finger-shaped inlets in the canyons and, if you're us at least, a bald eagle flies overhead while you are paddling! He stopped and sat in a tree for a long time while we were there and we could see him pretty clearly, even if you can't on the photos.
Thanks, Utah, some states are worth waiting for.
Causey Reservoir, Utah, United States of America (Directions)